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June 3, 2009 Subject:
Wimpy the moocher
This is the first Popeye I've seen where Wimpy plays a significant role in the story. I'm willing to forgive a plot that serves as a framing device to showcase other episodes to get an insight into this character's... uhm, character. :)
July 26, 2007 Subject:
I'm a big fan of the Fleischer brothers anyway, at least up to a point.
This was made when they still drew the cartoons on sheets of glass to give it 3D effect.
When i was kid i always made sure to watch the episodes where Popeye talks to himself. When he quit doing that the over all quality of the Fleischer brothers work went down hill.
March 24, 2007 Subject:
The main advantage of this cartoon is it lets you know about old Popeye cartoons that aren't on archive.org yet
I love these old, 1930's era Popeye cartoons, as I've mentioned in several other Popeye reviews. In contrast, if you've watched the 1950's version of them, you immediately see that the 1950's version is far less funny, at least from a verbal point of view. Olive Oyl somehow retained her unbelievably great physical humor, but Popeye and Bluto lost theirs (Bluto also lost that terrific basso profundo voice of his). In addition, a whole host of side characters disappeared (if you have ever seen the Robin Wiiliams movie of Popeye you'll know what I mean). Those are some of the reasons I prefer the 1930's Popeye cartoons.
In this cartoon Popeye and Bluto have competing penny arcades. For some reason nobody from the huge crowd flowing by seems interested until Wimpy is able to take advantage of the situation. Most absurd! It's also nice to see other Popeye cartoons that are out there waiting for some person to generously add them to archive.org for us all to enjoy.
October 17, 2006 Subject:
A Fine Example of the Competitive Capitialist System That Makes This Country Great
Popeye and Bluto operate competing penny arcades and get into a fight over a customer, who just happens to be Wimpy. This gives them the opportunity to show scenes from previous Popeye cartoons on their respective nickelodeons. Naturally, the winner of this competition turns out to be Wimpy. I tend to find cartoons that cannibalize previous ones in the series to be a bit of a rip-off, but this one is pretty fun all the same, featuring as it does some great penny arcade devices, as well as a great ending. Not one of the best Popeyes, but not bad for a retrospective cartoon.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.